Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Graeme Steele Johnson, David Shifrin and Bridget Kibbey Graeme Steele Johnson, David Shifrin and Bridget Kibbey speak with the Library's David Plylar about their performance of octets by Debussy, Loeffler and Schubert. Topics include Johnson's octet arrangement of Debussy's "Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune," Schubert's monumental octet, and Johnson's new edition of Charles Loeffler's "Octet"--last known to have been performed in 1897 before it was resurrected in performance in 2024. The Library...
    • Contributor: Shifrin, David - Kibbey, Bridget - Johnson, Graeme Steele
    • Date: 2024-05-22
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    Is That Natural? Horn Trios of Brahms and Ligeti The Library's David Plylar speaks about the horn trios of Johannes Brahms and György Ligeti, comparing their approaches and highlighting a few aspects for consideration. The Library of Congress holds the holograph manuscript of Brahms' horn trio.
    • Contributor: Plylar, David
    • Date: 2024-05-18
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    Conversation with Takt Trio Austin Wulliman, violinist with the Takt Trio, and composer Marcos Balter speak with the Library's David Plylar about the music on the first of a pair of concerts by the Takt Trio. Topics focused on repertoire for the horn trio being performed across the two concerts, including two new Library commissions for the Takt Trio: Marcos Balter's "Atlas," co-commissioned by the Verna and Irving...
    • Contributor: Balter, Marcos - Wulliman, Austin
    • Date: 2024-05-17
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    The Familiar, The Loving and the Dark: Roshani Chokshi and Lauren Blackwood A novel's fantastical elements shine bright against the backdrop of the familiar. Roshani Chokshi's latest novel, "The Last Tale of the Flower Bride," is about a bridegroom who promises not to pry into his wife's past. Lauren Blackwood's novel "The Dangerous Ones" is set in 1863, on two battlefronts: North vs. South, and demigods vs. vampires. These dark stories of romance and dubious pasts...
    • Contributor: Chokshi, Roshani - Blackwood, Lauren - Dickerson, Ashley
    • Date: 2024-05-16
  • Film, Video
    Let's Talk Books with Jarrett Krosoczka National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Meg Medina is joined by award-winning author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka (creator of the Lunch Lady and Jedi Academy series) in this episode of "Let's Talk Books!" Jarrett shares some of his favorite books from childhood (shout out to Beverly Cleary!), talks about the importance of reading books' imagery and opens up about finding the courage to write about...
    • Contributor: Krosoczka, Jarrett - Medina, Meg
    • Date: 2024-05-14
  • Film, Video
    Let's Talk Books with Wendy Wan-Long Shang In the inaugural video of National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Meg Medina's new series, author Wendy Wan-Long Shang ("The Way Home Looks Now," "The Secret Battle of Evan Pao") shows us how fun and easy it is to talk about books. When Wendy discusses "You Are Here: Connecting Flights," an anthology edited by Ellen Oh, she can't help sharing her love-hate relationship with...
    • Contributor: Shang, Wendy Wan-Long - Medina, Meg
    • Date: 2024-05-14
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    George Takei: 'My Lost Freedom' Award-winning author, actor and civil rights advocate George Takei discusses his new book, "My Lost Freedom: A Japanese American World War II Story." What happens when the world as you know it disappears? In 1942, two months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared anyone of Japanese descent living on the West Coast to be an enemy of the United...
    • Contributor: Encina, Roswell - Takei, George
    • Date: 2024-05-11
  • Film, Video
    George Takei Shares His Story Advocate/actor George Takei spoke with students about the treatment of ethnic Japanese Americans in the U.S. during World War II and is own personal experiences during that time, beginning at age four.
    • Contributor: Matsuyama, Yukari - Takei, George
    • Date: 2024-05-10
  • Film, Video
    An Evening with Whoopi Goldberg Multi-award winner Whoopi Goldberg talks about her forthcoming book "Bits and Pieces: My Mother, My Brother and Me," a new and unique memoir of her family and their influence on her early life.
    • Contributor: Goldberg, Whoopi - Hayden, Carla D.
    • Date: 2024-05-10
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    Conversation with the PUBLIQuartet Claudia Morales sits down with PUBLIQuartet and pianist-composer Vijay Iyer to discuss improvisation in classical music, improvisation from the composer's perspective and Iyer's new work, "What Isn't Hard to See," commissioned by the McKim Fund at the Library of Congress and premiered during that evening's performance.
    • Contributor: Publiquartet - Iyer, Vijay
    • Date: 2024-05-09
  • Film, Video
    Celebrating the NAACP Records at the Library of Congress Since 1964 the Library of Congress has served as the home of the historical records of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Now totaling approximately four million items, the NAACP records are the largest single collection ever acquired by the Library and ranks annually among the most heavily used by researchers. The NAACP records are the cornerstone of the Library's...
    • Contributor: Browne-Marshall, Gloria J. - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2024-05-07
  • Film, Video
    Jewish American Veterans Voice Holocaust Remembrance Day Join the Veterans History Project and Department of Veterans Affairs for a commemoration of Jewish American military service on Holocaust Remembrance Day, featuring speakers from the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as a Medal of Honor recipient.
    • Contributor: Jacobs, Joshua - Mohindra, Monica - Jacobs, Jack H. - Jones, Shanita R. - Moore, Deborah Dash - Lischinsky, Barry - Tenenbaum, Rabbi Chesky
    • Date: 2024-05-06
  • Film, Video
    The Nixon Impeachment Inquiry: How It Was to Be There The Library's John W. Kluge Center hosted the staff of the 1974 inquiry into the impeachment of President Richard M. Nixon for a public event marking the inquiry's 50th anniversary. In this second panel discussion, participants discussed what it was like working on the inquiry, as well as what brought them to that point in their lives and careers.
    • Contributor: Tetzlaff, Ted - Sack, Robert - Trainor, Robert - Marshall, Jon - Peterson, John - Conway, Michael - McKeithen, R.L. Smith
    • Date: 2024-05-04
  • Film, Video
    The Nixon Impeachment Inquiry: Legacy of the Inquiry The Library's John W. Kluge Center hosted the staff of the 1974 inquiry into the impeachment of President Richard M. Nixon for a public event marking the inquiry's 50th anniversary. In this first panel discussion, participants discussed the continuing legacy of the inquiry and its work.
    • Contributor: Gill, Richard - Butterfield, Kevin - Weld, William - Cormier, Rufus - Davis, Evan - O'Brien, Francis - Clinton, Hillary - Naftali, Timothy - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2024-05-04
  • Film, Video
    Extractive Place Naming Practices in Early Modern North America Lauren Beck, Canada research chair in intercultural encounter and professor of visual and material culture studies at Mount Allison University, Canada, examines extractive naming practices using exploration narratives and associated cartography from the 16th-18th centuries alongside Indigenous historical sources. Extractive place naming practices come in several forms in early modern North America. The first reflects European attempts to obtain Indigenous toponymy, whether for cultural...
    • Contributor: Beck, Lauren
    • Date: 2024-05-02
  • Film, Video
    Catawba Cartographies: Remapping the Indigenous Southeast, ca. 1670-1733 S. Max Edelson, professor of history at the University of Virginia, makes a case that the Catawba Deerskin Map sought to correct errors observed on English cartography and suggest a new political geography for the region. English colonizers arrived in Kiawah -- the Cusabo Indian region on the southeastern coast of North America -- in 1670. To promote their new colony, the Lords Proprietors...
    • Contributor: Edelson, S. Max
    • Date: 2024-05-02
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    Conversation with Les Violons du Roy Executive director Laurent Patenaude and lead violist Isaac Chalk of Les Violons du Roy speak with the Library's David Plylar about their ensemble and the evening's program. The concert included guitarist Miloŝ in a program of Vivaldi, Marcello, J.S. Bach, Geminiani and others.
    • Contributor: Plylar, David - Patenaude, Laurent - Chalk, Isaac - Les Violons Du Roy
    • Date: 2024-04-30
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    He Came, He Saw, He Concord: Technique and Texture in the Music of Ives and Ravel David Plylar of the Library of Congress Music Division speaks about piano technique and textures in the "Concord" Sonata of Charles Ives and Gaspard de la nuit of Maurice Ravel. The lecture includes a number of examples drawn from the program given by Marc-André Hamelin later that evening.
    • Contributor: Plylar, David
    • Date: 2024-04-26
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    Conversation with Marc-André Hamelin Pianist Marc-André Hamelin speaks with the Library's David Plylar about his performance at the Library of Congress. The program included Charles Ives' "Concord" Sonata, Schumann's Waldszenecn, Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit and the world premiere of Hamelin's own work -- a mazurka -- a new Library of Congress commission in honor of the 100th anniversary of concert series from the Library of Congress.
    • Contributor: Plylar, David - Hamelin, Marc-André
    • Date: 2024-04-26
  • Film, Video
    An Evening with George Saunders 2023 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner George Saunders gives the annual lecture associated with the Prize, followed by a conversation with the Library's literary director Clay Smith. George Saunders is a New York Times bestselling author of eleven books, including "A Swim in a Pond in the Rain," "Lincoln in the Bardo" (which won the Booker Prize), "Congratulations, by the Way,"...
    • Contributor: Saunders, George
    • Date: 2024-04-25
  • Film, Video
    Powerful Art Collaborations: Artists & Cultural Leaders in Conversation Celebrated artists Helen C. Frederick and Phil Sanders and cultural leaders Juanita and Mel Hardy discuss the powerful benefits of collaborative art and ways to leverage artists' stories that expand fresh American narratives. Known for nurturing collaboration with other creators and creative communities, Frederick founded Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center and co-founded Navigation Press. Sanders is the author of "Prints and Their Makers" and former...
    • Contributor: Frederick, Helen C. - Hardy, Juanita - Blood, Katherine - Sanders, Phil - Hardy, Melvin L.
    • Date: 2024-04-25
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    Conversation with Kronos Quartet Members of the Kronos Quartet -- David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola) and Paul Wiancko (cello) -- spoke with the Library's David Plylar following their performance at the Library, presented in celebration of their 50-year anniversary. They also announced at the that the Kronos Quartet archive will be coming to the Library of Congress.
    • Contributor: Kronos Quartet - Wiancko, Paul - Sherba, John - Harrington, David - Dutt, Hank - Plylar, David
    • Date: 2024-04-18
  • Film, Video
    A Night at the Adams: 85th Anniversary Celebration View this celebration the 85th anniversary of the Art Deco and Beaux-Arts inspired John Adams Building of the Library of Congress.
    • Contributor: Narrator
    • Date: 2024-04-18
  • Film, Video
    Instrument of the State: A Century of Music in Louisiana's Angola Prison Benjamin J. Harbert is an ethnomusicologist and author of the book "Instrument of the State: A Century of Music in Louisiana's Angola Prison." The book and his recent documentary on the same topic, "Follow Me Down," were the subjects of his talk. Angola prison is the largest and one of the most notorious prisons in the United States, built into a slave plantation that...
    • Contributor: Harbert, Benjamin J.
    • Date: 2024-04-17
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Benjamin J. Harbert Nancy Groce and Jesse Hawkin of the American Folklife Center sit down with Benjamin J. Harbert, ethnomusicologist and author of the book "Instrument of the State: A Century of Music in Louisiana's Angola Prison." The book and his recent documentary on the same topic, "Follow Me Down," were the subjects of his talk. Angola prison is the largest and one of the most notorious...
    • Contributor: Harbert, Benjamin J.
    • Date: 2024-04-17